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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 14, 2011 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deadheads

i think a certain amount of knowledge is required. most deadheads i've met know almost all the lyrics to their more popular songs for starters. i think it takes at least a few years of intense study to really become a deadhead.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Oct 14, 2011 1:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deadheads

Deadhead from the word drop!

To me its the desire to experiment with music and psychedelics that makes a deadhead a deadhead. Anybody can listen to, collect, enjoy the music, but only a deadhead lets it take over their cosmic DNA in a way that would frighten the casual listener....actually being frightened by it was part of the obsession!

I'm not sure if recordings alone can get you to that place w/o ever having been there, done that. The thing that happened at the live event would cause dramatic changes in my molecular makeup...some of which never reverted. In some ways I don't think I chose to be a deadhead - it chose me...unmistakably after my first show. I dug the toons before my first show, but afterwards it was all over with and I had no choice in the matter anymore. It was all a dream I dreamed in another lifetime...more than just ashes when your dreams come true.

It is SOOOOOOO much more than the music, that was just the disguise to lure us in. Like Jehova's favorite choir...

When I lived in CA in the 70's and 80's when you would greet a person in a dead shirt you would be like family. When I went east it was more like any other rock band and not so much about the family. To be clear, the concert experience back east was phenomenal, but the crowd was pretty diluted with just regular rock and rollers just going to see one of the classic bands of the era - not necessarily deadheads.